The Super Eagles playmaker opted to leave the Gunners on transfer deadline day to team up with Marco Silva’s side for a transfer fee that saw him become the most expensive Nigeria buy ever and he has now revealed the rationale behind that decision.
Alex Iwobi has disclosed that the desire to scrap the ‘Arsenal youngster’ tag and make a name for himself aside being Okocha’s nephew prompted him to wave bye to the Londoners and say yes to the Goodison Park bosses, including the manager Marco Silva and Director of Football Marcel Brands.
“I spoke to the manager and Marcel and they almost lured me in,” Iwobi told evertontv.
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“The offer was too attractive for me to turn down.”
“The manager was telling me, ‘There is a spot for you, we will take care of you’. Basically, all the things you want to hear as a player.
“I always had that youngster tag at Arsenal, so hopefully with this move I am able to make a name for myself in the Premier League and create history with Everton.”
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The Toffees really splashed the cash during a busy summer, bringing in seven highly-rated players with Iwobi being Everton’s final close-season recruit. Notable other new recruits include Moise Kean from Juventus, ex-Mainz’s Jean Philippe Gbamin and Andre Gomes, who signed permanently from Barcelona after starring on loan with the Club last term.
Everton’s ambition with these new acquisitions is not lost on the Nigeria international who can’t wait to begin a fresh chapter of his career.
“It is exciting times for Everton,” said Iwobi.
“I was able to look at the transfers and players they have brought in – some great talent.
“It is not just me.
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“There were quality players here before [the summer] and they are still here.
“The manager has worked with Richarlison for a long while and made a name for him.
“Hopefully he can do the same for not just me but Moise Kean and a few others who came in, too.”
Forward Alex Iwobi started 22 Premier League games for Arsenal last season and was directly involved in 10 goals – scoring three and assisting seven.